The UK Social Enterprise Awards recognise the nation’s leading social enterprises shining a spotlight on the breadth and diversity of the social enterprise movement. From start-ups to multi-million-pound turnover businesses, health and social care organisations to cutting edge consumer-focused businesses, we’re proud to announce the 2021 shortlist. Congratulations to the 2021 shortlist!

UK Social Enterprise of the Year (sponsored by NatWest)

The overall award for a social enterprise that has a clear vision, excellence in impact, and that has demonstrated and promoted social enterprise beyond the sector.

Change Please

Clear Voice Interpreting Services

Community Dental Services CIC

Creating Enterprise

Future Directions CIC

Locavore Community Interest Company

London Early Years Foundation


One to Watch (sponsored by GLL)

The One to Watch Award is for a start-up social enterprise that shows us just why social enterprise is the future of business. Key to winning this award is an ability to clearly articulate their future vision and how they are going to achieve it.

Active Me 360 CIC

Fink Street Food


Greater Govanhill CIC

Morgan Developments

Spark and Co.

The Washing Machine Project


Prove It: Social Impact (sponsored by Linklaters)

For a social enterprise that can truly demonstrate and communicate their impact with their stakeholders


Children’s University Trust

Clear Voice Interpreting Services

Cockpit Arts

Community Shop

Noise Solution CIC

The No.1 Befriending Agency

‘Buy Social’ – Market Builder (sponsored by PwC)

For a social enterprise, public sector body or private sector organisation that has demonstrably made efforts within its own organisation and remit to create more opportunities to buy from social enterprises.

CBRE Managed Services Limited

iSE (Initiative for Social Entrepreneurs)

John Sisk & Son Limited

Morrison Construction


Wates Group

Social Investment Deal of the Year (sponsored by Big Society Capital)

For an organisation that has been part of a great investment deal in the last 12 months that has helped the social enterprise to grow or the movement as a whole to develop and flourish. 

Cornerstone Place Ltd and Key Fund

Esmée Fairbairn Foundation and Hubbub

Kirklees Better Outcomes Partnership and Bridges Outcomes Partnership

Micro Rainbow CIC and Charity Bank

Social Investment Business and Big Society Capital

The Skill Mill and Northstar Ventures, Big Issue Invest, CAF Venturesome & Resonance

Health & Social Care Social Enterprise (sponsored by Johnson & Johnson)

For a social enterprise in the health and social care sector with excellent vision and strategic direction, clear leadership and clear evidenced social, environmental and community impact.

Community Dental Services CIC

Future Directions CIC

Integrated Care 24

Leading Lives

Mental Health First Aid England

Sahan Cares C.I.C

Talking Mats

Consumer Facing Social Enterprise (sponsored by eBay)

For a social enterprise that delivers a retail product or service to the general public.


Change Please

From Babies with Love

Greenwich Leisure Ltd

Better Nortern Ireland (GLL)


Stand4 Ventures

Education & Training Social Enterprise (sponsored by ISG)

For a social enterprise in the education, training or employment sectors that can demonstrate excellence in vision and strategic direction, and clearly evidence their social, environmental and community impact.

Action Community Enterprises CIC


Radiant Cleaners Ltd

Selnet Ltd

Generation UK

The Growth Company

Environmental Social Enterprise (sponsored by Landmarc)

For a social enterprise in the green and environmental sector with a clear evidenced environmental impact.


Exeter Community Energy

Liftshare Group

NEMI Teas Limited

Remake Scotland

Stand4 Ventures

Toast Ale

Social Enterprise Building Diversity, Inclusion, Equity & Justice (sponsored by Coop)

Social justice is fundamental to the social enterprise movement. Over the last year, events like the Black Lives Movement brought renewed energy into the discourse around diversity, inclusion, equity and justice. This category is open to all social enterprises who are addressing these issues

Black United Representation Network (CIC)

Commons Law CIC

Diversity and Ability

Money A+E

Spark and Co.

The Ubele Initiative

Women in Social Enterprise (sponsored by Social Partnership Portal)

For a woman working in the senior leadership team of a social enterprise who represents excellence in her field of work.

Louise GardinerAction Community Enterprises CIC

Yvonne FarquharsonBreathe Arts Health Research

Hannah SheadTrevi

Annie WarburtonCockpit Arts

Jessica ThompsonMigrateful

Jemma PhibbsSchool Space

Maggie O’CarrollThe Women’s Organisation

Eve WaggWell Grounded Jobs CIC

International Impact (sponsored by British Council)

For a social enterprise working internationally, and which are having a big impact in their field. This award is open to UK-based organisations only with existing international operations.

auticon Ltd

From Babies with Love

Ninety CIC


Social Stories Club

Transformative Community Business (sponsored by Corps Security)

For a locally rooted social enterprise that trades for the benefit of their community.

Aberporth Village Hall

Glyn Wylfa Ltd

Homebaked Co-operative Anfield Ltd

Nuneaton Signs

Peninsula Dental Social Enterprise CIC

West Oxfordshire Community Transport Limited

Social Enterprise Team of the Year (sponsored by Compass Group)

This category acknowledges those teams which, over the course of an extremely challenging year, have demonstrated the strength, passion and resilience which is so characteristic of the social enterprise sector.

Empower – Be The Change

Family Fund Business Services

First Community Health and Care

P3 Charity


Social adVentures

Tech for Good (sponsored by SAP)

For a social enterprise that uses technology to achieve social impact.

auticon Ltd


Guardian Angel

Local Care Direct

Nimbus Disability

Reason Digital

The Awards are sponsored by: